Treatment & Therapy for Osteoporosis
Annotation:National Osteoporosis Foundation - Excellent source of information on dietary calcium including how to read nutrition/food labels, sources and daily recommendations of calcium and Vitamin D intake, substances that interfere with calcium absorption, and supplements.
Annotation:University of Arizona Cooperative Extension - Discusses the relation between calcium and bone health as well as calcium and kidney stones, together with information on dietary calcium and factors which increase or decrease calcium absorption.
Annotation:American Bone Health - Brands, dosing and side effects of bisphosphonates, hormone therapy and parathyroid hormones (PTH), selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), the new drug Denosumab and calcitonin.
Annotation:National Osteoporosis Foundation - Includes a on the benefits and risks of currently available medications.
Annotation:Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, Consumers Union of U.S. - Examines the risk and benefits of bisphosphonates, their use in osteoporosis and pre-osteoporosis and provides help in making a decision on whether to try them
Annotation:National Osteoporosis Foundation - Describes the various ways in which osteoporosis can be diagnosed, starting with a medical history, through bone density scans and other tests.
Annotation:Dr Susan Ott, University of Washington - Comparative information on medications that are or have been studied for osteoporosis. Lists experimental therapies by data available from "promising future breakthroughs" through to "not effective." The site also include a discussion on the scores used as the result of Bone Density Tests, and why they can be so confusing.
Annotation:The National Osteoporosis Society, UK - Describes a variety of alternative therapies (from Acupuncture to Yoga) that may help persons with osteoporosis, with notes on which should be avoided to prevent fractures.
Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health - This is a good presentation of issues to consider when thinking about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health - Reports on a research study Tai chi may be a safe alternative to conventional exercise for maintaining bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - The gentle movements of tai chi reduce stress and offer other health benefits.
Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health - An educational video that features tai chi and qi gong as an activity to enhance wellness.
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